The Sexual Revolution’s Rotten Fruit

By The Ruth Institute Published on May 17, 2023

In this interview with Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, scholar Mary Eberstadt explains how, “Contrary to what we’ve been told, the sexual revolution has actually been disastrous.”

“Something has gone badly wrong in America and in other countries across the west. I am locating its roots in the adoption of contraception from the 1960s onward.”

“A lot of people thought contraception would be a net win for humanity. People thought it would give women control over their fertility, that it would strengthen marriage, that it would reduce abortion. Instead, the exact opposite happened.”

In addition to those factors, Eberstadt explains the decrease in overall happiness since the 1970s, particularly among women, as well as the increase in mental illness.

She also speaks about “the fury of the fatherless,” that is, the summer of 2020 riots and the prevalence of agitators being from broken homes.

Mary Eberstadt is a Senior Research Fellow at the Faith and Reason Institute and the author of several books, including Adam and Eve after the Pill (Revisited); Home Alone America: The Hidden Toll of Day Care, Behavioral Drugs, and Other Parent Substitutes; and How the West Really Lost God.

All these issues are connected. Learn how by watching this interview with the Ruth Institute Locals community, on Rumble, or YouTube.

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This flashdrive contains the speech, “Boldly Defending the Family,” plus slide presentation given by Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse at last year’s 5th Annual Summit for Survivors of the Sexual Revolution.

Want to boldly defend the family too? Now you easily can with this 15-minute ready-made presentation, plus loads of bonus items.

Check it all out at the Ruth Institute.

Advice From a Survivor: Seeds of Hope

By clergy abuse survivor, Faith Hakesley

It’s okay if you’re struggling right now.

I want to remind you that, even in the midst of the most difficult circumstances, you are not alone. Allow God to plant seeds of hope in your heart, and over time, you will find that your wounds grow into something beautiful.

There are a lot of assumptions made about trauma and healing. Some people assume that because someone’s trauma happened a long time ago, they should be “over it.” Or they assume that someone’s trauma isn’t that big of a deal.

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The fact is, a lot of people don’t understand what a survivor goes through unless they’ve been there themselves. Even then, there is no one right way to heal, and all survivors are different.

Choosing to be a survivor is tough. Healing is a challenge. Even when you have been working on healing your wounds for a long time, the scars sometimes bother you. Memories and triggers do pop up from time to time. Moving on with your life does not mean that you forget.

Even years later, you can feel sad, angry, and confused. From time to time, you might find yourself asking all over again, “Why?” On one day you might find yourself thinking, “I’m doing okay! I’ve got this!” as you look confidently to the future. On another day, you might find yourself at a low point wondering how you will ever find the strength to move forward.

Those low points are rough patches to get through. But in these times — times that feel as though you’ve gone a few steps backwards instead of forward — don’t give up.

You will get through this, and you will be okay.

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Ruth Institute Celebrates the Essential Role of Mothers

Ruth Institute President Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D., observed: “We used to say the hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world. Today, it would be more accurate to say it’s the hand that saves the world.”

“My 2001 book, Love and Economics: It Takes a Family to Raise a Village, celebrated the importance of the mother-child bond, which helps children develop a conscience and empathy. Without this, children are at risk for a host of social pathologies.”

“The problems I saw developing back then, have only gotten worse.”

“And as if that weren’t enough reason to celebrate the essential role of mothers, we now face a demographic crisis. Just to maintain population stability, the average woman must have 2.1 children. America’s fertility rate currently is 1.78.”

“We also have a rapidly aging population. According to the Census Bureau, by 2035, we will have more people over 65 than under 18. Then we’ll have severe shortages of essential workers and not be enough tax revenue to pay retirement benefits.”

“Amazingly, a recent Scientific American article argued that the coming demographic winter will be a good thing. But rather than fantasizing about the joys of pristine nature in a depopulated world, we need more children, now.”

“Mothers shape the future. As a birth mother, an adoptive mother, and a former foster parent, I know raising children is hard. But it’s an essential job that ensures a stable future for humanity.”

“Let us pray for more mothers and that they receive the respect and honor they deserve.”

Check out the Ruth Institute’s Motherhood Resource Center for interviews and research on the irreplaceable contributions of mothers.


The Ruth Institute is a global non-profit organization, leading an international interfaith coalition to defend the family and build a civilization of love. The Ruth Institute’s Founder and President, Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, is the author of The Sexual State: How Elite Ideologies Are Destroying Lives and Love and Economics: It Takes a Family to Raise a Village. Subscribe to our newsletter and YouTube channel to get all our latest news.

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